Cupcakes, Dogs, and Kicking Myself

It’s Saturday morning as I type up this post and I’m currently listening to Christmas music and eating chocolate pancakes. It feels like a good time to blog ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

The cupcakes that I mentioned in this post went well! My friend’s baby shower was woodland-themed, so I took that and ran with it for the cupcakes.

Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and woodland decorations made out of fondant

I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and topped most of them with vanilla buttercream and made a bunch of woodland decorations from fondant.

I also made some cupcakes without fondant decorations and just topped ’em with chocolate buttercream. Can’t go wrong with chocolate, right?

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream rosettes

As the title of this post indicates, I’m kicking myself for something. Want to know what? I’m kicking myself for not having a stand mixer in my life sooner! Jimmy’s sister lent me hers for the weekend since I was going to be baking around 100 cupcakes, and oh my word was it so. much. easier. than using a hand mixer!

A few of you guys told me in the comments on this post and via texts and social media that having a stand mixer makes life easier and yeah…. it really does! My brother’s wife recently mentioned she has a stand mixer she doesn’t use so I offered to buy it off of her literally as soon as I finished the cupcakes ๐Ÿ˜‚

I’m also thinking things will be a lot easier with my Etsy shop if I have my very own stand mixer! Speaking of the shop, I added something new for the holiday season (aside from the gingerbread granola): peppermint bark!

Peppermint bark on cake stand

Switching topics completely, let’s talk about dogs! Niva is too much. I glanced out our window the other day and saw her sitting on top of Sadie’s power wheel?!

Siberian husky sitting on top of car

Niva had a wonderful day with her friends this week! We had Thor and Zeus over and every time they were outside they were just running laps, chasing each other around the yard. On days we have the dogs over, Sadie wakes up from her afternoon nap and the first thing out of her mouth is always “Are Thor and Zeus still here?” ๐Ÿ˜‚

Seeing Niva run around with her friends makes me want to get another dog so badly. I feel like she would love having a fur sibling to play with all day! Jimmy is a solid no on that front, but my thought is that our house is already chaotic with a child and pets, so what’s one more ๐Ÿ˜‰

Siberian huskies running around yard with toddler in Power Wheel Jeep

On the topic of pets, Sadie’s life was complete when Malcolm snuggled on her lap the other morning ๐Ÿ˜ป He has been extra snuggly lately and we are all loving it.

Black cat sitting on toddler's lap

Alright, I better get going! I need to ship an Etsy order and then start getting ready for my friend’s baby shower. Can’t wait to see all the cute baby stuff and celebrate her growing family โค๏ธ

What are you up to this weekend? –> All the baking and celebrating over here!

Have you ever kicked yourself for not having that made your life easier something sooner? –> I am embarrassed to admit Jimmy and I didn’t have a vacuum for the first 6-12 months of marriage because I liked sweeping ๐Ÿ™ˆ


  1. Okay, my mouth just kind of started watering when I saw your peppermint bark! Ha, ha. That sounds soooooo good!!!
    And aren’t stand mixers such a game changer?!? I LOVE mine!!!

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